The Artists on Art guest for May 11, 2010, was mediator, advocate, educator, steward of the community, and long time Santa Cruz resident, Phil Crawford.
Phil raised both his children here on the Westside.
Phil began his art of advocacy and debate as a child. His family encouraged his argumentation and speaking out against injustices in the world. He began his art of mediation in the early 70s through training he received as a police officer in San Jose. He learned and then later taught others on how to help people in conflict through effective communication and interest based dialogue to lead to “win-win” end results.
Phil founded the Children’s Art Program of Contra Costa Children and the Courts Arts Project — A collaborative Project sponsored by Lesher Foundation — to place therapeutic art from children of divorce and child abuse victims in the courtroom as a humanizing addition to the courtroom. He sees the use of the courtroom as a place for collaboration and co-creation of solutions for challenges in our community.
Alongside his work as a lawyer, Phil has been and continues teaching law at San Jose City College. His first class was in Juvenile justice over 40 years ago. Most currently, Phil wrote the curriculum for Judicial Administration at SJCC being used to certify and teach court employees in California.
Phil’s work as a peace officer, mediator, court administrator and educator has catalyzed him to run for Santa Cruz County Judge Seat 3. Access to Phil Crawford’s work and can be found at his website: crawford4judge.com.
If you missed the live broadcast, you can listen to our show in entirety by clicking on the triangle below.[audio: http://www.miljkovic.org/old_public_html/nada/aoa51110.mp3].
Here’s a littie twitvid we took before the show.